CARD Seminars Workshop/Event Series

CARD Seminars and Workshop/Event Series

As part of the Cardinal Directions general education curriculum, all new North Central College students complete either the First Year Seminar sequence (CARD 101 & 102) or the Transfer Seminar (CARD 200) and are required to participate in a series of workshops/events. Together these experiences assist each student in learning about North Central College campus resources, offices, and organizations, developing and enhancing academic skills and ensuring that each student becomes an active member of the Cardinal Family while succeeding academically! 

The required components are as follows: 

First Year Students Transfer Students
Required Courses: Required Course:
CARD*101 First Year Seminar --Writing CARD*200 Transfer Seminar
CARD*102 First Year Seminar--Speaking
Required Workshops/Events: Required Workshops/Events: (unless otherwise noted)
* Student Involvement Fair (September 10, 2020) *Title IX Bystander Intervention Awareness Workshop (during class time)
* Academic Department Fair (October 20, 2020) *Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workshop (during class time)
*Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workshop (during class time) * Career Readiness Workshop (asynchronous; to be completed by October 1)
*Title IX Bystander Intervention Awareness Workshop (during class time) * Faculty Choice Campus Event (Dates vary; optional for each faculty member)
* Faculty Choice Campus Event (Dates vary) (Attend 1)

If you have any questions regarding the workshops, please reach out to your CARD faculty member or the department facilitator. To find all events, visit the Presence page by clicking here and searching for the tag, "CARD 101/102/200 Events"

Student Involvement Fair

The 2020 Student Involvement Fair will be available for all students until the end of the semester. Peruse the variety of student organizations and reach out to any of the clubs you'd like to learn more about. 

For more information about student organizations, click here. 

Academic Department Fair

October 20, 2020

12:00pm - 1:00pm

This year's Academic Department Fair will take place virtually. Students will have the opportunity to peruse the variety of academic programs on campus and learn more about their potential majors/minors. The platform being used for our virtual experience is Flipgrid, which requires a North Central College email address to gain access.  To find the Academic Department Fair, click here.

To ensure that all CARD 101/102/200 students receive credit for attending the Academic Department Fair, the following should be completed:

  1. Click here to gain access to the Academic Department Fair. Create a login using your North Central College email address. A video is on the main page with the same instructions as below.
  2. Peruse the academic departments on campus through the various "Topics".
  3. Choose at least three departments and click into their "Topic". Watch their video post about themselves and post a video response indicating interest and any information the faculty requests.
  4. Most majors/minors will also host a virtual "Meet & Greet" between 12-1pm on Tuesday, October 20. These will serve a purpose like walking up to a table during the fair and meeting the faculty in person. Feel free to click into as many meetings as you'd like!
  5. Once you have posted three videos to learn more about the organization, fill out this form here for tracking attendance.
  6. Please complete no later than Friday, October 30.

Faculty and First Year Mentors will receive your completed form and count that towards your attendance.

Bystander Intervention: Sexual Violence Prevention Workshop

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Rebecca Gordon, Assistant Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Sessions are scheduled: Monday, September 21-Friday October 2 (please reach out to Rachel Pridgen or your faculty member to see your assigned date)

Session length: 60 minutes (at the start of the class period for T/H)

Overview/Talking Points:

North Central College aspires to provide a place for learning, exposure to new ideas, developing new skills, and expertise. In addition to the educational experience, North Central College also endeavors to foster connection, belonging, inclusion, aspiration, inspiration and ultimately a sense of community for all who are embarking on their educational journey here. One aspect of being part of a community is the expectation that its members watch out for each other. This CARD session focuses on

  • What is sexual misconduct,
  • What resources and campus supports there are for student who experience sexual misconduct,
  • What is a Title IX Coordinator and Campus Advocate,
  • How to recognize situations in which there might be a risk of harm to others, and
  • Effective strategies for bystander intervention.

Diversity and Inclusion: The Role of Stereotypes, Implicit Bias, and Microaggressions

Guest Lecturers: Dorothy Pleas, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Multicultural Center, Stephania Rodriquez, Assistant Director of the Multicultural Center, and Dr. Rebecca Gordon, Assistant Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Sessions are scheduled:  Monday, October 5-Wednesday October 14 (please reach out to Rachel Pridgen or your faculty member to see your assigned date)

Session length: 60 minutes (at the start of the class period for T/H)

North Central College strives to be “a campus community that is welcoming and supportive of diversity and inclusion, is free from discrimination and models civil dialogue on social issues.” The incorporation of diversity learning in the classroom as an important part of creating an inclusive environment on campus was a request based on activism by Black Student Association.   

Staff from the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Multicultural Affairs will conduct a one-hour diversity and inclusion workshop during fall term. The workshop will reinforce and clarify the content that students learned from the required online diversity module taken prior to the fall semester. The following topics will be covered:

  • the shared benefits of creating an inclusive environment, 
  • terms and definitions,
  • how stereotypes result in implicit bias,
  • the role of implicit bias in microaggressions,
  • bystander intervention, and
  • Campus resources for bias incidents and anti-racism education


Students should complete the online Diversity and Inclusion online training before the scheduled class session.

Logistics for both Bystander Intervention and Diversity & Inclusion Sessions:

  1. Students and faculty will be sent an individual invitation through the GoTo platform. Students will need to register for the training from that email. Students will receive reminders via email and receive a confirmation of their registration that will contain the link to join the session.
  2. Faculty are also asked to register for the session and assist with the breakout sessions by making sure the students are on task.
  3. GoTo platform works best with Chrome.
  4. It is recommended that faculty provide the listing of the computer labs available for students use prior to the sessions for those students who may not have a laptop or tower to use if they are participating in the session while they are on-campus.
  5. Students are recommended to use headsets. If they do not have a headset, then one can be checked out from ITS.
logistics for workshops

Fall Semester: CARD 200 Only 

Career Readiness Workshop

Asynchronous Only: To be completed by October 1

The Career Development Team has developed a pre-recorded webinar with online quiz/survey to track attendees and learning outcomes to fulfill the CARD 200 Career Workshop requirement. You can decide whether to show the webinar during class time or to have your students complete it outside of class by a set date. You can also request a follow-up workshop form to prepare Transfer students for a virtual Fall Recruiting Season. For questions or to consult on how to incorporate during class, please contact Haydee Nunez ( in Career Development.  

Whether or not you choose to do this in class, please tell yours students to click on the website below and 1.) download the documents, 2.) watch the webinar, and 3.) complete the survey to complete their requirement.   

Upcoming Events (Choose one event)

Past events have been deleted!
No sign ups required, unless otherwise mentioned. Choose one date from the below options.

Co-curricular refers to activities, programs, and learning experiences that complement, in some way, what students are learning in school—i.e., experiences that are connected to or mirror the academic curriculum

In that spirit, students will work with their faculty to attend a signature event for fall semester 2020 that works best for them. The faculty member will approve and track the signature event component for the class.


Some examples of events would include: 

Honors Salon Series 

More information here:
All Virtual, Unless Noted Below 

Examining Personal Bias, Privilege, & Racial Awareness
Dr. Jennifer Shah
Wednesday, September 9

Structural Inequalities Within the Education System
Dr. Alicia Okpareke
Tuesday, September 22

Taking Political Action
Dr. Suzanne Chod
Tuesday, October 6
Smith Hall (2nd Floor of Old Main)

Becoming Antiracist: Self-Reflection & Change Through Writing
Dr. Jennifer Jackson
Tuesday, October 20

Cardinal Safe Zone Training
Ms. Dorothy Pleas
Thursday, November 5

Racial Reconcilliations
Dr. Sohinee Roy
Wednesday, November 18

History Speaks Lecture

Thursday, November 12
Robert W. Fieseler, “Suburban Curtain: How Three Surprising Locals Expanded the ‘Naperville Dream’ to All Peoples.”  

Naperville, not unlike many American small towns that became large suburbs, has seen its share of discrimination in its almost 200-year long history.  Focusing on three individuals of conscience, Naperville historian Robert “Bobby” Fieseler will tell the story of how this once “lily-white” town became a melting pot of middleclass diversity in the 21st century.  This lecture is a partnership with Naper Settlement and North Central College Cultural Events. 

Registration opens September 15 at Registration is free.

Co-sponsored by Naper Settlement and North Central College. Contact Professor Judith Brodhead at for more information.


Office of Career Development Workshops/Events



October 16, 2020
3:07pm on Zoom
More information here: 

TEDxNorthCentral College is proud to host Countdown, a global TED initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action. The goal: To build a better future by cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 in the race to a zero-carbon world – a world that is safer, cleaner and fairer for everyone.

The ongoing health and economic crises are reminding us of an important fact: We’re all part of the same fragile system, dependent on nature and one another. As we look to the future, we must build back better and emerge more sustainable and resilient than before.

Join TEDxNorthCentralCollege on October 16th. live via Zoom, for a curated event featuring global talks from TED’s Countdown event, along with North Central alumni and campus leaders sharing their expertise and ideas for action.

What is TEDx?

TEDx events are independently-organized, licensed TED-like events that foster learning, innovation and wonder, and bring together local communities to spark conversation around ideas worth spreading.

Why TEDxNorthCentralCollege?
As a comprehensive liberal arts college, North Central values a broad-based, interdisciplinary education that provides an ideal environment for the exchange of ideas. When the power of interdisciplinary learning is combined with a passion for the common good, the results are innovative solutions for lasting social impact. This is what you can expect from TEDxNorthCentralCollege.

*This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.


North Central College Theatre: How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel

The entire production team of How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel is excited to invite you to join us for the live, streamed performances of our show this weekend. We are incredibly proud of the work we have been able to do in 3 short weeks, and we believe this screen stage performance is something truly innovative. We are thrilled to share our work with our community, and we look forward to you joining us.


September 17 7:30pm
September 18 7:30pm
September 19 2:00pm

Tickets are free, but you must reserve a 'seat' using this link:


Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize, Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive was described in the New York Times as a "...lovely, harrowing guide to the crippling persistence of one woman's memories." The play follows the dangerous sexual relationship between a girl and her uncle from her adolescence through becoming an adult, and how the rest of the family helps, and fails, her. Our virtual production will bring the intimacy, humor, and horror of the play to the forefront. Paula Vogel said she intended the play, "to get the audience to go along for a ride they wouldn't ordinarily take, or don't even know they're taking.", and that's the opportunity we have- to pull the audience in for an unexpected, devastating journey.


How I Learned to Drive engages with sensitive content that includes sexual assault, pedophilia, and child abuse.  It is intended for mature audiences. 

For North Central College students and employees who have experienced abuse in their lives, the Dyson Wellness Center offers short-term individual, group and couples counseling services, as well as referrals to off-campus resources.   630-637-5100


A Virtual Artist Talk by artist Ben Blount

The Department of Art & Design at North Central College is pleased to present a virtual artist talk by artist Ben Blount this Thursday 9/24/20 at 3:50 pm. 

Ben's virtual talk is free and open for anyone and all to join, so please share this event with students, colleagues, friends or family. Pre-registration is required and you can register to attend this virtual event using the below link:

About Ben: Ben Blount is an Evanston-based printmaker whose work functions at the intersections of race, social justice, and protest. His work often explores questions of race and identity and the stories we tell ourselves about living in America. A believer in the power of the printed word, Ben aims to create work that has impact beyond the printed page. He prints out of MAKE, his storefront studio in Evanston, IL.  For more about Ben and his work, visit: